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English - Phonics and Early Reading

At Norbury School we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. Our intent is that all children leave Norbury as fluent readers with a developed interest in words and language and a passion to read broadly for pleasure and knowledge.

Children’s phonics journeys begin in Nursery with Phase 1 where the focus in on developing speaking and listening skills and moves through a sequential progression which clearly maps the children’s growing knowledge and alphabetic code.

Curriculum thinking

Nursery – There is an emphasis during this phase to get the children to attune into the sounds around them laying the foundations to begin Phase 2 in Reception. This is developed through sharing a range of high-quality stories and poems, learning range of nursery rhymes and activities to support listening and attention skills (including oral blending)

Reception/Year 1 lessons are 30 minutes a day where teachers revisit and review previously taught phonemes, teach and practice new phonemes and apply through activities such as oral blending, reading and spelling.

Additional practice is given daily to children who need it but in smaller steps with more repetition, so that every child secures their learning.

Daily phonics is also timetabled for children in Year 2 and above based on placement assessments on entry to the year group or when a child joins Norbury School. This is with the aim that no child falls behind and reaches their goal of reading fluently.


programme overview reception and year 1.pdf

 Parent Presentation

lw parents presentation.pdf

 Resources for Parents

For more information on how we teach phonics, resources and videos and how to support your child to read at home.

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